Sunday, February 10, 2013

SLEEP DEPRI....V...E...D.....ZZZZZZZZZZ!


Sam is having a lot of difficulty sleeping through the night. For the last 3 nights he's woken up at least 3 times cryings. We've been going through this for awhile. We usually only get a full nights, uninterrupted sleep about once a week.  When he sleeps there is a night light (and the hall light on) and a calming sound machine that sounds like crickets.

Last night he woke up crying and calling for me at 2:00 a.m., 3:30 a.m., and 5:30 a.m. When I go in he says his belly hurts, but the minute I'm there he goes back to sleep. Sometimes I don't even make the treck from my room to his room, before he falls back asleep. I'm thinking it's more along the lines of nightmares or something, but what kind of nightmares can a 4 year old have who only watches Disney Junior.

I am not getting any rest either, as you can imagine (and I am not the type of person that can fall back asleep quickly.). I am thinking of caving in and putting an air mattress in our master bedroom and letting him sleep with us.

I would greatly appreciate any advice from all you other mom's out there.....PLEASE....zzzzzzz.....

5 comments:

Kris said...

That's so tough. Have you considered sleeping on HIS floor instead of having him sleep on yours? Its much easier to break that one than the other way around. Just a thought...

birthmothertalks said...

That's rough. Has he always slept with a night light and the hallway light on? Is it possible its too much light?

AJ said...

Maybe he's having a type of night terrors?? Sorry you aren't getting much sleep... that's rough!!

Jacksmom said...

I was going to say the same as Kris. It's probably night terrors which are common at this age. He may not really know what woke him up so he says something he knows you'll respond to like his tummy hurting. Or maybe it really does. How has his GI tract been? Any constipation or diarrhea?

Juli said...

Could be not nightmares but internalized stress. Not that he has a lot of stress in his life, but as they get older they tend to start thinking deeper about things and can't always articulate it.

I agree though, pitch the tent in his room, then eventually ween yourself out.

Try a special new stuffed animal or a dream lite pillow... I've heard they work wonders.